Jordan Barber, M.S., L.Ac., L.M.T.
So about me? Where do I begin… If I were to choose a sentence it would be “Grown up punk rocker with a rebellious spirit, a lust for knowledge, and a desire for the ultimate expression of our true nature.”
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had an inclination to a more philosophical and spiritual knowledge. As a teenager in the 90s I began to look at more natural solutions to disease (due to health issues I suffered at that time). Becoming a meditator at the age of fourteen, I started digging deeper into things. The western mystery schools, the writings of the theosophical movement, mysticism, and Buddhist and Hindu classics. During this time, a strong seed of knowledge was planted deep within me.
After graduating high school in 1998, I was a skinny, eclectic, punk rocker who really wasn’t ready for the “real world” and already getting in trouble with administration in community college over my sarcastic way of writing. I took the easy track and pursued technology – another passion of mine – during the dot-com boom. This eventually brought me to working in the financial district of Manhattan. My spiritual pursuits were secondary to my profession; I began to notice a void in me but wasn’t sure where it came from.
Then the unthinkable happened: Witnessing 9/11 firsthand at twenty-one years old, I promised myself while escaping from Manhattan Island across the Brooklyn Bridge as the first tower fell in the background that I would pursue a life of meaning and happiness. Due to a series of fortunate (then unfortunate) events, within a year I was back in college.
By 2004, I started my graduate program and was in the depth of a renascence of spiritual and philosophical progress under my first teacher, Dr. Stephen Jackowicz, Ph.D, spending over four years of daily Taoist training in the Dragon Gate Lineage of QuanZhen Taoism.
Eventually the need to survive kicked in and survival took precedence, and I went into a period where my focus was to build a clinical practice. This lead to a four year involvement with pushing the profession of acupuncture forward in the state and getting involved with politics and professional leadership, something I will never get involved with again (I’ll save that story for another time). During this period I revisited the western mysteries, being initiated into several hermetic traditions and growing within them.
Finally, in the present, I’m in a cumulative period, growing in both the inner traditions of the east and west, studying the essence of the philosophical and spiritual pursuits. It is in this period that I am reaching out and beginning to explain what I have learned thus far to those who will listen. My pursuits and experiences have led to a unique viewpoint; sometimes a scholar of sorts, other times a clinician, sometimes a curmudgeon, but always in the service of eliminating the suffering of our brief existence.
So if you made it this far, then I applaud you. I hope you enjoy my blog of sorts, AllIsAnIllusion.com, a reference to the nature of reality.
For those looking for a more professional curriculum vitae, here is a glossy overview:
- Master of Science in Acupuncture (2007) – New York College of Health Professions
- Bachelor of Professional Studies, Health Science (2007) – New York College of Health Professions
- Associate of Occupational Studies, Massage Therapy (2004) – New York College of Health Professions
- Post Graduate, Acupuncture Orthopedics and Rehabilitative Medicine – Tristate College of Acupuncture
- Kyo-Jung Physical Manipulation – Institute of Classical Asian Studies
- Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant – American Institute of Vedic Studies
- Hellenistic Astrology – Chris Brennan
- Hunyuan Research Institute – Hunyuan Medicine Fellowship program.
- Licensed New York State Acupuncturist #3667
- Licensed New York State Massage Therapist #18268
- Past President of ASNY (Acupuncture Society of New York)
- Past NY Representative to the CSA (Counsel of States, Acupuncture)
- Past NY Representative to the ASA (American Society of Acupuncture)
- Former Faculty at the New York College of Health Professions, Syosset NY
- National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)
- Acupuncture Society of New York (ASNY)